Inspired by Garth Brooks' recent announcement of his world tour, we thought we'd take a minute to look back on our favorite era of Garth-ness: the invention of Brooks' alter-ego, Chris Gaines. Alter-egos help an artist feel free to express sides of their persona that might make their fans uncomfort ... More >>
For the many who hold Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers among their favorites, Ghostface Killah's upcoming visit to Minneapolis is an event that'll be remembered for some time. Mark 4/20 on your calendar, and along with De La Soul coming, Cabooze is pulling to get that "flyover rap capital" thing re ... More >>
Valentines Day is here and you need some help to win over the heart of that sexy B-girl or B-boy?We know hip-hop doesn't have the best history romancing the opposite sex, "bitches better having my money" and "skeeting on walls" doesn't really set the mood.But don't worry, we have you covered. So ... More >>
Polica's in-studio performance featuring an interview with the Current's Mark Wheat recently hit NPR, not MPR, but the national one. With an impressive number of camera angles, we get a look at "Wandering Star" and "The Maker" that's not unlike any number of professionally created music videos in ... More >>
On the heels of the Album Tacos fad comes our favorite internet meme of late, the Kitten Covers, which probably doesn't need much explanation beyond KITTENS! ON THE INTERNET, OF ALL PLACES!Unlike the taco meme, the operators of the Kitten Covers Tumblr manage to photoshop their subjects into the ... More >>
Jimmy Jam and Terry LewisHappy 52nd birthday to one of the true luminaries of the Minneapolis music scene, James "Jimmy Jam" Harris. He, along with his high-school friend Terry Lewis, helped shape the sound of the Twin Cities (and beyond) throughout the '80s and into today, producing numerous hi ... More >>
The holiday weekend wound down on a sad note with news that R&B icon Teena Marie passed away in her sleep yesterday at her home in Pasedena. Marie, born Mary Christine Brockert and known to some by her nickname Lady T, was 54 years old and was still actively performing in Las Vegas. She had j ... More >>
Somewhere, right now, Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler, and Jennifer Lopez are listening to some Glee-adoring teenage outcast absolutely slaughter a Lady Gaga standard and wondering - maybe not so much Jackson, but definitely the other two - "what am I doing here, and what the hell happened to my bril ... More >>
Metric / Alex Uncapher for City PagesSummer means two things in the Twin Cities: going "up north" and outdoor concert season, both activities releasing all the built-up cabin fever that comes along with being a Minnesotan. From the Basilica and Luce block parties to Stone Arch and Lyn-Lake fests ... More >>
The Lilith Fair, slated for July 18 at Canterbury Park, is being moved indoors to the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. In other changes, Kelly Clarkson is no longer part of the Minneapolis date; the lineup listed on the press release is now Sarah McLachlan, Mary J. Blige, Court Yard Hounds ... More >>
In anticipation of their July 18 stop at Canterbury Park, the organizers of the Lilith Fair conducted a local talent search, soliciting songs from area bands via the music networking site OurStage. The winner for the Twin Cities date is Minneapolis two-piece Bella Ruse, who will kick off the day' ... More >>
The festival will come to Minnesota on July 18.
Sarah McLachlan is back from the '90s. She would like to share some ethereal tunes with you.
Somebody should have just written a new song from scratch and called it anything else.
Lilith Fair is coming back after a long hiatus and Heart announces the date on their web page.
Many sites are offering free, exclusive music in exchange for Haiti donations.
Every year I make mix CDs of my favorite tracks, with one song per artist per disc. Here's the '08 edition, local and national. It's all from 2008 unless otherwise specified, but there are a few oldies. At the bottom are my year-end lists, because I know you needed more of those. Happy holidays! MN ... More >>
The Top 10 Discs This Week at Urban Lights Music
The songs we can't escape
DJ Girl Talk is the maddest scientist in the mash-up lab
Happy obsession of the day: DJ Benzi's mashup of "Ohh" by Mary J. Blige's and "Modern Man's Hustle" by Atmosphere (via Benzi's site, via DUNation). So, how large (or small) is the crossover of these two artists? Both play great concerts and put out great albums. By the way, I'm all for acclaim for M ... More >>
Eleven things we're looking forward to that aren't the spring thaw
I've listened to Missy Elliott's The Cookbook twice now, and I don't love it but I like it a fair amount. Certainly if she were a new artist I'd be pretty damn excited. If I were the kind of fellow who throws parties and if I were hosting such an event this Friday, I'd put the album on and feel conf ... More >>
Smokin' Grooves lights up hip hop's crossover crowd
The Sound of Music, 2001: Our Favorite Things
Former hip-hop collaborators Wyclef Jean and Canibus battle their personal demons--and each other
With her humble poise and non-Diva tone, Mary J. Blige is the unlikely heiress to Aretha's throne